Penn AC High Performance Team

U23 Men’s Sculling Program Overview

In 2017, Penn AC will once again focus on men’s sculling for its U23 team, with a cap of just 12 men, lead by Penn AC Head Coach Sean Hall. The Penn AC U23 Men’s Program provides the best collegiate athletes with the opportunity to further develop their training and racing experience by racing at the most competitive regattas during the summer, including U23 National Team Trials.  The program seeks to help athletes advance all aspects of training development so that they may return to their collegiate program as a top athlete.

Program Dates
Program Start Date: 6/7/2017
Program End Date: 8/13/2017
Program Details – Coaches
Director of Programs - Paul Coomes
2018 Summer U23 Coaching Staff
Men’s Staff
High Performance Group Head Coach: Sean Hall
U23 Head Coach: Charlie Biddle


Daily Schedule

The Penn AC U23 Program offers a comprehensive program which provides a daily schedule that simulates the training schedule of pre-elite and elite athletes. The daily practice schedule and practice times will be given to athletes who are accepted to the program:

Practice Sessions

Athletes will practice on the water two times a day, weather permitting. Penn AC has designed a training program that is balanced and allows athletes to recover and progress throughout the summer. On-the-water sessions will be dedicated to rowing technique, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, as well as racing and regatta preparation. The Penn AC U23 Program will also have scheduled sessions to train and race alongside the High Performance Group. This is a unique experience that is not offered by any other summer program.


Athletes will be able to rub shoulders with Penn AC’s current High Performance Group, as well as former Olympians and National Team members in the general club membership. All of Penn AC’s members are happy to provide insight on what it takes to be an elite sculler and how to make the transition to full-time training after college.

Eligible Athletes

For 2017, Penn AC will accept male applications for the following*:

*Athletes must be at least 19 years of age, graduated from high school, and have at least 1 year of collegiate racing experience. All athletes must submit an ECG, as per the US Rowing requirements. US Rowing ECG Screening
U23 Men’s Team: Maximum of 12 athletes


Penn AC will accept applications for lightweight men.

U.S. Passport: All participants must have a valid (through 9/30/17) U.S. passport or athletes will not be able to compete at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta or any other potential international regatta without a passport. Athletes should begin the passport process as soon as possible.

Coaching Recommendations

Athlete’s applications must include a coach’s recommendation that verifies all reported physical performance.  Applications will not be accepted without a coach’s recommendation.

Erg Time Standards

The following are recommended erg times for male athletes who wish to participate and compete for our U23 programs.  We are targeting male athletes who have achieved the following erg scores.  This is not the only selection criteria.  Athletes who have not reached these scores can certainly apply.

2k Erg Score 6k Erg Score
Open Men 6:15 or better 20:00 or better
Lightweight Men 6:35 or better 20:40 or better
Program Tuition

For 2017, Penn AC will offer the following program tuition rates for athletes participating in the Summer Program:

  • Penn AC Membership Dues
  • Penn AC Racing Unisuit
  • Penn AC Racing Tank
  • Equipment Rental
  • Equipment Insurance
  • Facility Access and Use
  • Regatta Entry Fees
  • Shell and Equipment Transportation to Regattas
  • Coaching Salaries

Athletes are financially responsible for summer housing, meals, and all Out-of-Town costs for regattas (hotels, meals and transportation).

Program Tuition $795
Down Payment (due upon acceptance to program) $200 (non-refundable)
Remainder (due by May 31, 2017) $595
Online Applications

Applications will open on January 21, 2017 and end on April 30, 2017.

Athletes who wish to apply to the U23 Program must register at Regatta Central.